We welcome John Holiday, multitalented countertenor and recent finalist on The Voice. John describes his incredible journey from growing up in a small town near Houston to becoming a sought-after international opera singer soon to be making his Metropolitan Opera debut. He offers many uplifting life lessons along the way, including how to deal with fear and…Continue reading Podcast 77: John Holiday
By Gregory Moomjy Atlanta Opera recently aired its production of Pagliacci, directed by Tomer Zvulun. That opera is most famous for “Vesti la Giuba”, the crying clown’s aria. “Vesti la Giubba” is one of those pieces that everyone knows, but doesn’t necessarily realize they know, at least by name. Referenced in everything from Hey, Arnold and The Big…Continue reading REVIEW: Pagliacci
By Gregory Moomjy David T. Little’s Soldier Songs is not the first operatic work to deal with the experiences of war. We need to look no further than Verdi to see a multitude of operas like Aida and I Lombardi that explore the patriotic aspects of dying in glory for your country. It’s only in…Continue reading REVIEW: Soldier Songs
By Gregory Moomjy Over the course of its 400-year history, Opera has evolved to have a greater focus on the drama of everyday life. For instance, the genre successfully made the transition from stories of Gods and mythic leaders of the past in l’Orfeo (1607) to Italian peasants getting caught in adultery in Cavalleria Rusticana (1890). In the new…Continue reading REVIEW: Bon Appétit!
By Gregory Moomjy Every year the Prototype Festival pushes the boundaries of opera and musical theater for New York City audiences. In the past, they’ve presented works like Aging Magician composed by Paola Prestini. Recently they have performed Blood Moon, an opera influenced by Japanese noh theater, the oldest form of theater in Japan. The…Continue reading REVIEW: Modulation